Simone thanks his friends for the prayers and thoughts. His vet has diagnosed him with head tilt caused by inner ear infection. No tests were done, but the diagnosis is based on signs of head tilt, vertigo (dizziness), some trouble with balance, and inside one of his ears seems to be inflamed. He recommended that Simone be given a broad spectrum antibiotic for 10 days, and we should see improvement in about 3 days. He said Simone has a good chance of recovery because he is still fairly young (just over five years) and he drinks his water. He fed Simone crushed food through a syringe.
I have mixed feelings on this - most of the websites I find on head tilt and inner ear problems say antibiotics are recommended for a whole month at the LEAST. Ten days seems insufficient by this description. Some of them make it sound like the prognosis of the bun returning to normal is terrible, others suggest his chance for recovery is good. I'm banking on that one, but just want to be sure I don't screw it up.
This is a new vet and I don't want to overwhelm them with challenges and questions, but they also didn't mention cecotropes. (Fi, don't tell Simone you read that or it might embarass him.) If he has trouble eating, he might not get his cecotropes and that would be bad! However, the vet didn't mention if I need to somehow help him with this.
I feel terrible for not always giving Simone the attention and time he deserves. If I had paid closer attention to him over the last day or so, I would have noticed changes sooner. One positive about this, however, is it might help Simone and Mama reconnect a bit. It just really sucks for Simone. He's gotta be really confused and puzzled by all of this.